The beefsteak begonia - Begonia x erythrophylla - is one of the first hybrid begonias, produced in Germany in 1845. It is loved for its green-to-red-looking leaves and its trailing habit, with its creeping rhizomes that often overflow the pot.
Begonia erythrophylla (Beefsteak begonia) is a rare begonia found in tropical and sub-tropical areas. Not usually sold in plant stores, the beefsteak begonia is a real collector's item. The common name of the plant is "beefsteak" or "pond lily". It has shiny round green leaves, red underside. The contrast in colors between the front and back of leaves is truly spectacular. It is considered to be a low maintenance plant.